Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Save Me", the first video from DARK SARAH, the new project led by former AMBERIAN DAWN singer Heidi Parviainen, can be seen below.
The story of Dark Sarah starts of a woman who has gone through some rough time and was actually left on the altar by her husband. She almost breaks down, but something wakes up inside of her and she becomes another person, her meaner half, Dark Sarah.
Dark Sarah says: "I used to look at the world with blue eyes, I used to love with an open heart but I was naïve; the world needed to show it to me. I got angry for my weakness and angry with the world. In the darkest swirls of my mind, I got stronger and meaner and started to change. I worked with my fear and I became Dark Sarah. I'm not bitter, I'm just bittersweet."
In an interview with Bloodart, Parviainen stated about DARK SARAH: "I had been planning my own project for years but never had really the time for it next to AMBERIAN DAWN. And in fall 2011, I started an active phase to make my project happen. After quitting AMBERIAN DAWN, I could concentrate on it only. At this point of my career, I felt I had to make one of my dreams come true in the form of DARK SARAH. But who knows what the future will bring?"
Regarding where the idea for the name of her new project came from, Heidi said: "The name for DARK SARAH came along the first lyrics I wrote for this project. The story is about a woman who has gone through some rough time and was actually left on the altar by her husband. She almost breaks down, but something wakes up inside of her and she becomes another person, her meaner half, Dark Sarah. So Dark Sarah became my project name and kind of my alter ego, too. I wanted to make the name sound like a supervillain or a cartoon figure like a Catwoman, Jekyl & Hyde, etc. since they all have their metamorphoses. There is also a meaning behind the name Sarah which is an really old name and means 'a princess,' and Dark Sarah a 'dark princess.' The eye of horus symbol in her eye when she transforms into hear meaner self means protection; she protects her good self by becoming bad."
On the topic of the "Save Me" lyrical concert and video, Heidi said: "The song 'Save Me' is an introduction song and it tells the story about transforming into Dark Sarah. There is a strong movie kind of feeling in it and really strong story telling. It is such a big song and I felt it needed a music video to support the story. The music video was made in Finland by Voionmaan Opisto and Routafilmi in October 2012 (really freezing!) and mostly in the forest."
DARK SARAH's forthcoming album will include "the most bombastic duet ever from Dark Sarah and the great soprano Manuela Kraller of XANDRIA!" according to Heidi.
Parviainen left AMBERIAN DAWN in November. Her final appearance with the band was at the Metal Female Voices Fest at the end of October in Belgium. She has since been replaced by Päivi "Capri" Virkkunen.
Parviainen sang on AMBERIAN DAWN's first four albums — "Circus Black" (2012), "End Of Eden" (2010), "The Clouds Of Northland Thunder" (2009) and "River Of Tuoni" (2008).
Making of "Save Me" video:
"Save Me" video: